Goal Setting Sucks Online Course

Private: Goal Setting Online Course


Are you tired of setting yourself up for failure with goals that you end up abandoning in a matter of days or weeks?

Goals are hard, painful, AND annoyingly effective at moving our work and lives forward. So how do we maximize the psychological benefits of setting goals while mitigating the parts that just…suck? This course is designed to help you build bridges between where you are now and where you want to be, without the self-loathing that typically accompanies the process of setting and working toward goals.


Make a plan to achieve your goals and continue to like yourself.

In this annoyingly effective process, you will…


Discover when goal setting works and when it doesn't.


Understand the psychology and theory behind goal setting and how it applies to you.


Learn the three features of a goal that lead to success.


Recognize when you should revise, or even abandon, your goals.


Learn how to set a goal even when you have ZERO knowledge of how to accomplish it.


Learn to track progress on your goals, even if you are completely disorganized.

Who’s this course for?

Young professionals

…who are disillusioned with the business world

Side hustlers

…who are counting the hours until they can quit their day jobs

Silent quitters

…who want to feel reengaged with their work and reenergized in their lives

Course Overview

14 videos accompanied by interactive written posts.

Module 1 - Okay. Why am I here?
  • It’s so basic. (06:33)
  • Great! I suck. (04:40)
  • Why should I do this to myself? (06:55)
  • What if I’m a perfectionist? (06:31)


Module 2 - I'm overwhelmed. Where do I start?
  • Evaluate my life (03:19)
  • QUIZ: Where are the gaps?
  • Set the temperature. (06:34)
  • EXERCISE: Don’t be vague.


Module 3 - So my life sucks. What do I do now?
  • Perform it or learn it. There is no “try.” (05:18)
  • Be nice to you! (06:06)
  • EXERCISE: It is time.
  • One Option – Make a Mind Map (04:25)
  • Another Option – Use Trello (03:12)


Module 4 - I set my goals. Now what?
  • Why? For goddess’ sake, WHY??? (03:46)
  • Drop a track. (03:54)
Module 5 - I hate my goals. What should I do?
  • I have abandonment issues (05:20)
  • I have no work ethic.
  • I have no self confidence.
  • I only set goals on New Year’s Eve.
Module 6 - What's next?
  • Further reading (01:18)
  • Course review

Meet Your Guide

My name is Melissa, and I am sick and tired of the stereotypes of young professionals as lazy, unmotivated workers. When I was first starting out in business, I felt so frustrated with systems and definitions of success that were inconsistent with my values. I wanted to change the system. So I did. By setting goals using scientific principles I learned in graduate school, I redefined my life and vision of success.

Too many blogs and courses paint the process of goal setting as both transcendent and easy. This results in unhealthy self-talk such as: “I just couldn’t make that work. It must be me. I failed at this. I’m lazy.”

My goal with this course is to acknowledge that goal setting is uncomfortable and hard. It really sucks. But! If we lean into the suckage, we can use it to make amazing things happen. Let’s laugh together, love ourselves, and accomplish big things.

Dr. Melissa Gratias

Dr. Melissa Gratias / Writer, Coach, Owner of a “Goal Getter” name plate

Also included when you join:

Immediate and lifetime access to the course

Interactive lessons

Semi-inspirational music

Resources for further study

Goal tracking tool demonstrations

Important Additional Notes:

This course will not mention S.M.A.R.T. goals. That’s dumb.
This course will not make you feel like a failure. That’s unproductive.
This course not include the word, “transcendent.” That’s ridiculous.


What format is the course in?

The course is accessible through your web browser and best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer. There is an easy-to-use navigation menu on every screen. Videos are embedded in the pages and viewable with a click. Some lessons are revealed through screen interaction (mouse click or finger tap).

Do I have access to the full course when purchased?

Absolutely! This is not a “drip style” course. You’ll have full access to go through any section you want, at any time.

How pervasive is the sarcasm?
Mild to moderate.
Will the course be added on to?

Not likely as the course is already 100% built out and in place but I will make any updates or additions needed to refine or add to the process if need be.

Will the course ever close or expire?

It will be available until it’s either discontinued or revised/updated. In short, it will be up and updated for a very, very long time 😉